The Tea Party:
They’re backwoods rednecks, while being rich old-boy politicians.
They’re fringe, yet funded by billionaires.
They’re uneducated white trash, yet middle-class citizens.
They’re tea-bagging idiots, yet better educated than most.
They’re white, bigoted and close-minded, yet “representative of the public at large.”
Despite the media’s best efforts to push the Tea Party to the margins of social significance, many black and Hispanic men and women have joined forces with the Tea Party Movement and the GOP.
And now the media’s worst nightmare: a black GOP candidate.
In the past, a fear of the Uncle Tom Syndrome has silenced many black Republicans who are often castigated by their own communities. Just look at former Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele. All one needs to do is type “Michael Steele” into a search engine and you’ll see hundreds of articles and blogs accusing him of being just that: a sellout.
A Washington Times article posted in 2005 reported that black Democratic leaders in Maryland defended their racial attacks against Steele because he is a conservative Republican. “Such attacks include pelting him with Oreo cookies during a campaign appearance, calling him an ‘Uncle Tom’ and depicting him as a black-faced minstrel on a liberal Web log… black Democrats say there is nothing wrong with ‘pointing out the obvious.’”
Even recently, Janeane Garofalo accused Herman Cain of being paid by the GOP so it can be blatantly racist while standing behind a black man. In other words, it’s impossible for blacks to think individually and pick a side. No, in Garofalo’s world, the “obvious” is that blacks have to be liberal or else they’re being brainwashed by white people.
But the question is, why have black Americans been marginalized to one ideology by white people? Part of the reason is because of the media. Check out this two-part Cain interview by Lawrence O’Donnell:
This is a white man ridiculing a black man for not “doing enough.” Does anyone else see the absolute absurdity of this argument? Lucky for Mr. O’Donnell, the Vietnam draft lottery only applied to men and women born 10 months before he was. Cain just simply wasn’t chosen in the lottery, yet he still continued to work for the U.S. Navy. You, however, decided to go to Harvard and do… whatever it is that you did.
Keep in mind that this is the same O’Donnell who accused Michael Steele of “dancing as fast as he can, trying to charm independent voters and Tea Partiers while never losing sight of his real master and paycheck provider, the Republican National Committee.”
Excuse me, what?
The other part of the reason blacks have been marginalized is because the public education system has failed our youth of telling the entire story. We laud FDR and Kennedy for their efforts to even the playing field for minorities, but we rarely talk about what it took to even get to that point.
Black Americans began to favor the Democratic Party ever since FDR’s “New Deal” days, when some programs were put in place to give economic relief to minorities. The Democratic Party received widening support by the black community when Democratic Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson supported the Civil Rights Movement. But before the 1930s, black Americans almost unanimously favored the Republican Party.
According to the chairwoman of the National Black Republican Association, Frances Rice, in “Why Martin Luther King [Jr.] was Republican,” Democrats fought for slavery. The Klan was created in 1866 by Democrats who didn’t want to terrorize blacks, they wanted to terrorize Republicans (the party blacks aligned themselves with) so that the Democrats could gain control. Democrats also fought to prevent the passage of the civil rights laws of the 1860s, 1950s and 1960s.
Republicans Sen. Charles Sumner and Rep. Benjamin F. Butler proposed the Civil Rights Act of 1875 that guaranteed everyone the same treatment in public accommodations. The act was signed by Republican President Ulysses S. Grant. Democrat President Harry Truman’s issued an Executive Order in 1948 to desegregate the military, but Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower is the one who took action to end segregation in the military during the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944.
Eisenhower proposed the Civil Rights Act of 1957, where Sen. Strom Thurmond, a Democrat at the time, gave a record-breaking, 24-hour and 18-minute filibuster speech to keep it from passing.
Democratic public safety commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor unleashed dogs and turned fire hoses on black civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham. And JFK opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Martin Luther King, Jr. that was organized by a black Republican, A. Phillip Randolph. Due to a tip by J. Edgar Hoover, Kennedy, through his brother Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy, had King and other members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference wiretapped and investigated by the FBI on suspicion of being Communists.
Historian and author David Barton in the “American Heritage Series” documents the Republican fight to end slavery during the Reconstruction Era. During the Civil War, Republicans amended the Constitution with the 13th Amendment, granting blacks freedom. The amendment passed with 100 percent Republican support and only 23 percent support from Democrats. Fast forward to 1868 when Republicans passed the 14th Amendment, which granted blacks citizenship. The amendment passed without one Democrat voting for it. Then in 1870, when the question of voting rights came up, Republicans passed the 15th Amendment. After the new Constitution passed, a number of black Americans, mostly ex-slaves, were elected to Congress. All seven were Republicans.
When Republicans were in control of the House, Senate and presidency, 23 civil rights laws were passed in the 14 years between 1861 and 1875. But notice how 89 years passed between the last civil rights law passed in 1875 and the next civil rights law in 1964. It’s not a coincidence that in 1876, Democrats regained partial control of Congress and kept it during that time.
Does anyone remember being taught this is school? And why do Democrats always get the black vote?
According to Merle Black in “The Transformation of the Southern Democratic Party,” today’s southern Democratic Party has been largely transformed since the ’60s: “A party originally created by racist southern white men to enhance and maintain their perceived interests has now become the political home of African Americans, liberal and moderate whites, and Hispanics.”
“Democrats have been running our inner-cities for the past 30 to 40 years, and blacks are still complaining about the same problems,” said Frances Rice. “More than $7 trillion dollars have been spent on poverty programs since Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty with little, if any, impact on poverty.”
The Crispus Attucks Tea Party was formed to bring the descendents of black slavery to the realization that welfare checks and government dependency are key elements to modern-day slavery. According to the organization, entitlement programs have destroyed lives, families and their neighborhoods. “Government dependency holds blacks hostage. It precludes true liberty and forever blocks full assimilation.”
The bigger picture, however, is that every Tea Party group, black or white, stands for less government in its citizens’ lives and thus, less government dependency by its citizens. We obviously can’t cut people off from government assistance abruptly, so the question is how to instill a sense of pride back into the citizenry and “ween it off the proverbial teat” of government assistance and bailouts in times of desperation. The truth is, we are a very forgiving and generous nation and Americans have always been willing to open their wallets when they see people are in a time of need, especially when they are taxed less. Tea Partiers support charities, churches and private organizations to rely on the kindness and generosity of the American public to help support the less fortunate, not the middle-man federal government. The Tea Party is not a party of racism, hatred and vitriol; it is a party of personal responsibility and liberty.
Herman Cain is a Tea Party supporter and an advocate for individual liberty and upholding the Constitution. He is a from-the-ground-up, successful businessman and, get this, has NO public office experience. Shouldn’t that be a selling point? Yet, the biggest racists-at-the-ball media still hate him and will continue to do their best to bring him down. In other words, he doesn’t fit into their Al-Sharpton mold of what a black man should be, think and feel. Who are the racists now?